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ADC Tobacco Use and Possession

In order to promote the health, welfare and safety of students, staff and visitors and to promote the cleanliness of Veazie School Department facilities, the Committee prohibits smoking and all other use of tobacco products in school buildings and other school unit facilities, on school buses, and on school grounds at all times by all persons.

In addition, students are further prohibited from possessing, selling, distributing or dispensing tobacco products in school buildings, facilities and on school grounds and buses during school-sponsored events and at all other times.

Employees and all other persons are also strictly prohibited, under law and Committee policy, from selling, distributing or in any way dispensing tobacco products to students.

For the purpose of this policy, the term “tobacco product” means “any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, and any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product”. This includes, but is not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, electronic cigarettes, personal vaping devices, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and dissolvable tobacco products

Legal Reference:         22 MRSA §§ 1578(B), 1580(A)(3)
                                Me. PL 470 (An Act to Reduce Tobacco Use By Minors)
                                20 USC 6081-6084 (Pro-Children Act of 1994)

The Veazie School Committee and staff of the school unit support a safe and healthy learning environment for students that is free of the detrimental effects of drugs and alcohol. Accomplishing this goal requires a cooperative effort among school staff, students, parents, law enforcement and organizations concerned with the use of drugs and alcohol by school-aged youth.

In order to promote the safety, health and well being of students, the School Committee endorses a three-pronged approach to address the issue of drug and alcohol use; prevention/education; intervention and discipline. The Superintendent is responsible for developing appropriate administrative procedures, curricula and programs to implement this policy.

Cross Reference:         ADC-R: Tobacco Use and Possession Procedure

Adopted:         7/14/2010

Reviewed:         9/11/17

Revised:         10/2/17